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  • Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer (top), makes a personal appeal before the board of zoning appeals to be allowed to keep the treehouse he built for his sons. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

    Hard regulatory climb over, family can enjoy treehouse

    Seven months after Mark Grapin dialed the Fairfax County permit office before building his sons a treehouse, the U.S. Army National Guardsman and his family walked out of a government building Wednesday with the county's blessing on the unique structure - after a process that involved appeals, thousands of dollars and international attention.

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